In Chapters 9 and 10, Taylor is confronted with issues concerning people who suffer through no fault of their own. At the beginning of Chapter 9, Estevan shows up on Taylor's doorstep to tell her that Esperanza has tried to commit suicide. Taylor notes that Estevan is deeply troubled, that "something inside this man [is] turning inside out." Nervous and not knowing how to respond, she warns Estevan that she will either "shove food at [him] or run on at the mouth." Trying to console Estevan (and herself), she tells Estevan about a boy she knew in high school who killed himself with electrical wires. He had been a misfit, not belonging to any of the "in" groups in school. Taylor also discusses a group of school kids condescendingly referred to as Nutters, a group of poor kids who picked walnuts to earn money, were not a popular group, but "had each other." By having Taylor discuss the
This is the end of the preview.
access the rest of the document.